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ERIC Number: EJ871061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Still Imagining the Future
Baker, Chris
Adults Learning, v20 n7 p12-13 Mar 2009
The Open University, or the OU as it is more familiarly known, has reached middle age. The OU has a lot to celebrate. It has become UK's largest university, pioneered supported open learning, and provided access to a high-quality provision from which more than two million learners have benefitted. Internationally, it has many sister institutions which have been happy to adapt the OU model to suit their own purpose and context. In this country, distance or open learning has entered the language and practice of teaching and learning across higher education. This trend looks set to continue as the sector is urged to seek out new markets that replace the dwindling number of 18 year olds, on the one hand, or engage those already in work, on the other. As the Open University hits 40, shifts in Government policy are prompting it to reassess one of its founding principles, to widen access to university-level education to adults with few or no qualifications. This article examines the issues which the OU is grappling with as it seeks to widen access.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom